Court Convicts Former Nigerian Lawmaker Chuma Nzeribe for Impersonation and Forgery

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on Monday sentenced a former member of the House of RepresentativesChuma Nzeribe, for identity theft and forgery. Mr. Nzeribe was prosecuted by the anti-corruption agency, EFCC, on a four-count charge. Halilu Yusuf, the judge, found the former lawmaker guilty of identity theft, possession of federal government documents and use of the same to fraudulently acquire land in the Maitama district of Abuja. But Nzeribe could not be sentenced after his absence from court on Monday. In his sentencing, Yusuf said he would reserve the sentence until the EFCC or police arrested the convict and brought him to trial. The judge ruled that the land in Maitama, acquired with the falsified documents, must be taken over by the owner, Ishaya Madi, effective immediately. The judge said that Nzeribe has not attended three consecutive court sessions. Instead, the politician sent a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the EFCC, handing over the land to the actual owner, Mr. Madi. When the EFCC’s lawyer, Maryam Ahmed, presented the letter signed personally by Mr. Nzeribe, the judge only took judicial note of it. Mr. Nzeribe’s lawyer, Victor Eden, informed the court that he was not aware of the discussion that led to the issuance of the MoU and the handing over of the disputed land to the named claimants. background In March 2013, it was alleged that the former federal deputy was in possession of a false document with the reference number MFCT/LA/FCT 1302, dated June 18, 2003, in the name of Ramatu Alhassan. He was therefore charged with committing an offense contrary to Section 6, 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Law. ALSO READ: Police arrest former Kano anti-corruption chief for alleged forgery Mr. Nzeribe, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor in Anambra state, was charged with, among other things, using the forged document as a genuine one, thereby committing an offense under Section 366 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) and punishable under section 364 of the same Act. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at the start of the case. During Nzeribe’s trial, the prosecution called five witnesses, while the defendant testified for himself. In his verdict on Monday, the judge held that the prosecution could discharge the burden of proof against Nzeribe beyond a reasonable doubt. While stating that the charges against the convict were intertwined, the judge convicted the defendant on all four counts. He held that the convict in fact made false pretenses and is guilty of forgery. He said that Mr. Nzeribe also cheated by impersonation. Having found the former federal lawmaker guilty on the EFCC charges, Judge Halilu said the court would defer the convict’s sentence until he is brought before the court. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Court Convicts Former Nigerian Lawmaker Chuma Nzeribe for Impersonation and Forgery